The practice of sankalpa is the practice of intention setting. “San” means connection to the highest truth and “Kalpa” means vow or rule above all rules. Sankalpa is, therefore, a commitment we make to support our highest personal truth. Noted scholar Joseph Campbell termed it as a “call to awakening” because sankalpa wakes us up from our conditioned existence and our habitual patterns. Sankalpa aligns us with our inherent potential, our true nature. It helps us access deep inner resources, which many of us often struggle to connect with or even forget are there. And to create the life that we are meant to live, we must learn to focus the mind and draw it again and again to our deepest intentions.
Setting an intention is simple and direct, but what makes it different than a resolution? An intention allows for us to be ourselves while trying to grow and become who we are meant to be. Now you’re thinking, How do I start? Well, decide what you wish to manifest in your life. What do you really want most and why?
An intention might be developing confidence, or nurturing faith, or discovering strength. It might be cultivating kindness or gratitude or mindfulness, qualities that you’d like to learn and bring more fully into your life. An intention can be something deeply personal or something physical to start. It’s a continually evolving aspiration to guide you toward balance in your life. But don’t be intimidated or daunted. An intention doesn’t have to be profound or grandiose. It can be as simple as "I feel union daily" and setting a goal of saying, “Hi, how are you?” more often and with more sincerity instead of as a passing greeting, a true opening to find out how a person is really doing.
Practice in Presence is yielding strength to our intentions through endless reiteration, unshakable faith, and a resolve to surrender. In the end, all that work will present results; the universe will surely deliver in some shape or form… no doubt about it.